Each year Sport Canterbury celebrates the outstanding dedication of our region’s sportspeople, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers. Kazuma Kobori was nominated for the Canterbury Young Sportsman of the Year award for his remarkable achievements in 2019.
Across all categories, the nominees represent the “best of the best” – in their sport, in our community, across New Zealand, and often on top of the world. Kobori was one of 18 nominees vying for the title. He was selected as a finalist along with other nominees from Rugby League, Cricket and Cycling. This year’s awards were announced via an online platform where Kobori was announced as the winner of the Canterbury Young Sportsman of the Year award.
The highlight and biggest achievement for Kobori was winning the NZPGA Championship beating top amateur and professional players from around Australasia. He has represented New Zealand in both junior and senior teams. Other successes included winning the North Island U19 Championship and finishing runner up at the Australian Boys Amateur and NZ Stroke Play Championship. Kobori is incredibly focused on achieving his goals and committed to performing at the highest level.
Kazuma Kobori’s 2019 achievements include:
2019 NZPGA Champion
Represented New Zealand at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in China
Represented New Zealand at the APGC Junior Championship in Japan
Runner up in the Australian Boys Amateur
Runner up in the NZ Stroke Play
North Island U19 Champion
Canterbury Men’s Representative
Canterbury Men’s Golfer of the Year
South Island Stroke Play Champion
Canterbury Stroke Play Champion
Southland Stroke Play Champion
Golf has been at the forefront of both the Canterbury Young Sportsman and Sportswoman awards in recent years with the achievements of Amelia Garvey, Juliana Hung, and now Kazuma Kobori winning these titles for their notable success both nationally and internationally. It’s been a remarkable achievement for these three recipients to have won this award for the past three years, helping to raise the profile of golf in Canterbury.
Click here to view the 2020 ORIX New Zealand Canterbury Sports Awards Category Winners